Explore Corkscrew Slough & Bair Island, Redwood City

Thinking of exploring the sloughs in Redwood City this Sunday. I haven't been here since they installed the flow-restrictors.

Since it use to take me about 4 hours to do this paddle, and high tide is 1:11, plan is to launch a little after 10 AM. This would give us enough time to go through the Corkscrew Slough at slack tide and hit the Smith restrictors with a little current.

I've built in some extra time so we may have to wait if we are too fast or we can opt to shoot the restrictors/rapids. We cannot get out of the boats in the Corkscrew Slough so make sure your coffee's done its business before leaving.

Besides usually paddling gear, you will need food/drinks for lunch and snacks. There are no rentals nearby. If interested, please sign up or post your questions below and I will post more details.

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  • miguel c.

    Thank you Stuart, it was a great day, sunny and a good paddling exercise with changing tides, currents, winds. Although I have a long and heavy sea kayak I was able to get thru all the channels. As you said, better to know the place, as you did, before paddling, otherwise people can get loose in different lagoons.

    1 · August 25

    • Stuart

      Welcome, and it was great fun to have you join us. Hope to see you on the paddle to the sloughs south of the channel. I'm looking for a day with a high tide in the morning.

      August 25

  • Stuart

    This was an awesome paddle. The flow restrictors and dike removal has significantly changed the landscape and the northern end of corkscrew was difficult to navigate (we ended up taking a unintended detour through shallow mudflats). Current was much faster and unless you like paddling up creek, need to pay attention to the tidal flow.

    August 24

    • Stuart

      Don't know for sure since we got lost in the flooded tidal plains. The whole place looked like a lake, except birds standing in.water didn't turn out to be avian christ moments. Just the shallows. Guess final judgement will have to await another outing.

      August 25

    • Stuart

      Too be clear, we did do a loop and crossed both flow-restrictors with ease, see pics. It just wasn't something you'd want to repeat unless you have Lewisclarkian ambitions to connect to bodies of water over land ;- D)) I've done corkscrew numerous times in different tides and directions. What we saw on our paddle was nothing I remembered. Nonetheless, it was a fun adventure with a little tidal current induced stress thrown in. I'll have to give it another go in the future with the hopes of chosing a more direct line. Haha!

      August 25

  • Janet P.

    Thanks Stuart for organizing.

    1 · August 24

    • Stuart

      Welcome and thanks for making up a great group. It was a lot of fun. Next time we'll have to maximize the white water ;-)

      August 24

  • Stuart

    I've moved up the push-off time to 10 so be there by 9:30 am. We could have left earlier but then the trip would be more exciting shooting the rapids!

    August 23

  • Bart C.

    Not sure about your timing. Corkscrew requires at least 4-5' above mean, which won't happen until 11 AM. From Chesapeake launch, you're about an hour away from the entrance on the West side, so you might be arriving too early if you start at 9 AM. One thing you don't want is to be stuck in that Bay mud in that shallow area!
    Westpoint might be more forgiving.

    1 · August 20

    • Stuart

      No worries, there's lot to do there besides getting stuck in the mud and I've done that too-perfect time for a nap, LOL! Just trying to figure out how not to get screwed at Corkscrew....

      2 · August 20

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